"Maybe I should finally mention WOOL..."
January 15, 2012 9:27 PM Subscribe
posted by DarlingBri (140 comments total)
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was a self-published novelist of no real success. Until WOOL
, that is - a 15,000 word "little throwaway story" he uploaded to Amazon's Kindle Marketplace one day and promptly forget about. The story he didn't blog, didn't tweet, and didn't even sell on his site hit #2 on the Kindle SciFi Bestseller list and "changed the course of e-books
The saga: Reminded of WOOL by surprise sales numbering in the two dozen, Howey finally mentions to his readers in October that he's published WOOL
; he sells 1,014 copies that month, moving from the Anthologies sub-category Top 40 to #92 on the General Science Fiction list. Spurred by this success, he decides to turn WOOL into a series of novellas, and writes WOOL 2
for NaNoWriMo while WOOL sells 3,000 copies in November
and hits #6 on the SciFi list. In December, WOOL 2 and 3 are uploaded to Amazon and began to sell as WOOL 1 continues to climb to #2
, shifting 250 copies a day. By January, when WOOL 4
comes out, all four Wool books
are in the Science Fiction Top 20 and the 99 cent sales (more than 10,000 of them) just kept rolling in:
"I wouldn’t see the money (still haven't) for another three months, but the tally was there, staring me in the face. It's what I make in five months at the bookstore. As January began, I was making in a day what I normally make in a week. I say this knowing full well it could end at any time, which is why I’m hesitant to project even an hour into the future (and why I haven’t quit my day job)."
Wool 5 will be out
on February 8th.
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